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4 NY Jets who could be traded this offseason including Denzel Mims

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3. Sheldon Rankins, DT, NY Jets

One of the more under-the-radar players who could be on the move this offseason is defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.

The Jets signed Rankins to a two-year, $11 million contract last offseason with the hope that the former first-round pick could contribute as a rock-solid interior pass-rusher.

Unfortunately, Rankins fell short of expectations finishing as Pro Football Focus' 103rd ranked interior defensive lineman out of only 119 qualifiers. He was a complete liability in run defense and mostly an afterthought as a pass rusher.

His lackluster season flew under the radar, but Rankins wasn't the player the Jets signed him to be. Fortunately, the contract Joe Douglas handed him was essentially a one-year deal with a team option.

The Jets could cut Rankins and free themselves from his over $6 million cap hit in 2022 with a dead cap charge of just $750,000. The same would be true if they trade him, however.

It's more likely that the Jets end up releasing Rankins rather than finding a trade partner, but if a team comes calling with an offer of a late-round draft pick, the Jets might not hesitate.

It's not a guarantee that Rankins is gone this offseason, but I think it's more likely than not the Jets decide to cut bait. Cutting him is the obvious move, but don't rule out a trade either.

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